I feel like we had a pretty productive day today. I woke up at 5:15 a.m. to my 2-year-old yelling, “Mom!” I left her in there for a while, hoping she’d go back to sleep. All six of us were awake by 5:30.
After breakfast we read chapters 6-9 of Genesis, about Noah and the flood. (No, they don’t sit quietly and listen to me, but I read it anyway.) Then we colored rainbows and talked about God keeping His promises to us. I am definitely lacking in doing art with my kids, so I’m glad we did this today.
I’ve been teaching the boys how to fold clothes. They folded a load. When the baby woke up from her nap, we went to the library. We checked out a couple of “Little House on the Prairie” song books, the Cds of “The Long Winter” and I found a couple of items at the used book nook (including an ASL dictionary). They looked through some books, played legos, did a couple of puzzles. Then home for lunch.
After lunch 5 yr. old son practiced his violin. He’s had 3 lessons. I’ve found it difficult to figure out when to get him to practice. He really needs my help, so it’s hard when the others keep interrupting. Oh, well. We’ll figure it out.
Nap time. My baby went down easily and slept well. My 2 yr. old did not. The 3 yr. old refused to be quiet playing in his room today. So, even though I desperately needed a nap, I didn’t get one. My 5 yr. old enjoyed listening to the first cd of “The Long Winter” after reading to me from “McGuffey Eclectic Primer.”
Time for Musikgarten. I teach early childhood music and movement classes from my home. We have an advanced class (no parents) on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Both my boys are in the class. The moms of the other kids take turns staying and watching my girls. It was a great class today!
Then time to get dinner ready. I made sloppy joes and baked beans tonight (the very easy version). The kids watched a Veggie Tales video. (They’re allowed one 30-minute video a day. I do it while I’m cooking dinner and after they’ve cleaned up all their toys.)
We ate before my husband got home from work because I had another class to teach tonight and wanted to get the baby down to bed early. She went down easily at 6 p.m. (as she often does). The Tuesday evening class is wonderful. We are doing a curriculum called “God’s Children Sing”, so there is Scripture reading, Bible stories and songs about and sung to the Lord along with the other features of the class. The best is always at the end when we do a circle dance. Moms, dads, and kids (babies through 6 years) are all holding hands dancing around and singing. When was the last time you did that? It’s a joy!
Then bedtime for the other kids. Our nightly routine includes my husband reading a novel (right now he’s reading “The Black Stallion”) to our older boy while the younger one reads to me (lately it’s been “Bob Books”). They all went to bed easily, too.
Now, my sweet husband is at the grocery store because we’re out of milk. It’s 9 p.m.–time for me to go to bed!